Zags Announce Six New Additions In 2018 Recruiting Class
Feb. 22, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga men’s soccer program and head coach Paul Meehan announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2018 season on Thursday.
“I expect this group to impact our program immediately and I would not be surprised if each player battles for significant playing time in year one,” Meehan said. “All of these guys have the character and competitive personality we always look for, and they are leaders both on and off the field.”
“It is unusual for two clubs to produce a six member recruiting class to the same college program. This was not by design, it just happened to work out this way. With that said, both Shattuck - St. Mary’s and Sacramento Republic are excellent academies with strong leadership, outstanding coaching, and have graduated many high level players to the college game.”
Garibay played for two seasons at Lincoln High School, posting 22 shutouts in those seasons. He was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year for the Tri-City Athletic League in 2015. He also was a member of the Trojan Honor Roll all eight semesters of high school, with a 3.4 GPA.
“I chose Gonzaga for the outstanding academics and athletics, and comfortable community feel on campus,” Garibay said.
“Johan’s size is imposing and will demand attention,” Meehan said. “He’s an excellent shot stopper, he has great feet, and the ability to support as well as initiate the attack. His communication is crucial in eliminating problems before they occur, and the play of his defenders clearly reflect a trust and respect in him.”
Rembe started as a freshman and helped lead his team to the state championship game, posting three goals and five assists that season. He was named to the ODP IV Region Team and competed in the ODP Interregional Championship. Rembe was a member of the Generation Adidas Spain Trip team. He finished his last two high school seasons being named to the High Honor Roll with a 3.85 GPA.
“I chose Gonzaga for the strong academics, soccer program and also the support system provided to the student athletes,” Rembe said. “I was impressed with the quality of the coaching staff, players, and the facilities. Also, I really liked the strong sense of community and school spirit.”
“I first saw Jack two years ago with another team where he was very composed on the ball and established a good rhythm in possession and attack,” Meehan said. “His versatility will be key as I’m certain he can contribute centrally or wide.”
Geanon played in 39 academy games, starting in 33 of them and scoring three goals. He excelled in academics with a 3.89 GPA.
“I chose Gonzaga for the great academics, tight-knit team, and amazing facilities,” Geanon said.
“Chris joined us in January and has hit the ground running,” Meehan said. “He is quick, with a good change of pace, very good at pressing, and provides excellent service in the final third. I was confident Chris would be a good fit for us and he has more than proven it already. ”
McEntosh started 17 of 18 games with Sacramento Republic FC Academy, and was invited to train with the academy’s professional team.
“I chose Gonzaga because of the campus atmosphere and friendly community, along with connecting instantly with my future teammates,” McEntosh said.
“Mark likes to get forward and is dangerous in the attack with the ability to cut inside or beat his opponent down the line,” Meehan said. “He’s an excellent one vs. one defender and defends very well in small groups. He recently has been called in to train with Sacramento Republic’s First Team which will only enhance his development.”
Kigeya played two years for the Sabres at the forward position. He earned winter term and year-end honors with a 3.33 GPA.
“I chose Gonzaga because of its community and an environment I knew I wanted to be a part of almost instantaneously,” Kigeya said. “I felt at home right away and knew it was a place that would help me grow not only as an athlete but as a student.”
“Demitrius is a powerful forward with the obvious ability to get behind the opponent’s defense,” Meehan said. “He can combine or beat defenders on his own, and he is a constant goal-scoring threat. Demitrius has the ability to change the game in a heartbeat.”
Ljucovic was a member of the development academy soccer league and earned the Holsinger Sportsmanship Award. He also maintained a 3.60 GPA.
“I chose Gonzaga because of its prestigious reputation, with a great soccer program that has a lot to offer in educational opportunities as well,” Ljucovic said.
“Frankie offers versatility and is very good regardless of where he plays,” Meehan said. “He is creative and sees the field well, he can finish from distance, and he can combine and take players on. His strong work ethic is reflected in his pride in contributing in attack or defense.”
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will begin their spring campaign in the coming weeks with more information to come on GoZags.com.
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